SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 14, 2016
Lekki building collapse: Ambode sacks building agency GM
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has sacked the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, Adeigbe Olushola, and three others following the Lekki building collapse that killed 35 people last week.
Apart from Olushola, Ambode approved the dismissal of the Head of Inspection and Quality Control in the agency, Adeoye Adeyemi; the Zonal District Officer in the agency, Dosunmu Gbadebo; while the Zonal Head of Eti-Osa West of the agency, Mrs. Akinde Sherifat, was compulsorily retired from the civil service. Read more
Medical students to spend 11 years in varsity − NUC
The National Universities Commission has declared that any student who wants to study medicine will henceforth spend a minimum of 10 years in the university. The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie made the declaration in a lecture delivered at the maiden matriculation and inauguration of the University of Medical Science, Ondo, Ondo State.
In a lecture titled ‘Development of Medical Education : Prospects and Challenges‘, Okojie, who was represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Chiedu Mafiana, said the development was imperative in order to enable the students mature psychologically for the profession. Read more
Angry Ogun workers attack lawmaker, vandalise car
Striking Ogun workers on Monday unleashed their anger on a lawmaker, Olayiwola Ojodu, when he appeared at the Nigeria Labour Congress headquarters in the state, by attacking him and breaking the rear window of his car.
The workers were being addressed by the state Chairman of the NLC, Akeem Ambali, when the lawmaker, who is the Chairman of the state’s House of Assembly Committee on Works, drove in, and immediately they recognised him. After the lawmaker delivered a letter to Ambali and was about to enter his car, some of the workers turned violent and attacked him. Read more
Plane crash in northern Kenya kills two French filmmakers: police
A light aircraft crashed in Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya, killing two French nationals while they were filming, police said on Monday.
Police said the crash took place some 300 km (190 miles) north of Nairobi and that cause was not immediately known. “I can confirm two French men who were filmmakers died in the morning in a plane crash … Their bodies were recovered from the plane wreckage after it crashed,” police spokesman, Jared Ojuk, said. Read more
CBN Gov. Emefiele visits CBN Calabar, gas explosion victims
Mr Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on Monday visited the Calabar branch of the bank that was rocked by gas explosion on Friday. The governor, who refused to speak with journalists, also visited the victims of the blast at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.
Spiritualist in court over alleged N350,000 fraud
A spiritualist, Onyekachi Godfrey, who allegedly defrauded a woman of N350,000, on Monday appeared before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. Godfrey, 27, of Block 5, Jakande Housing Estate, Lekki, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and fraud. According to the Prosecutor, ASP Ignatius Okere, the accused committed the offences on Feb. 28 at about 3:30 p.m. at his residence. Read more
CBN to introduce financial literacy into school curriculum
The Central Bank of Nigeria on Monday said it has commenced discussions with the National Education Resource Centre to introduce financial literacy programs into the education curriculum of secondary schools in Nigeria.
It said once the discussions with NERC are finalised, Financial Literacy would be taught as a subject in all Nigerian secondary schools before the end of this year. Read more
Emefiele visits victims of CBN Calabar explosion
The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has visited the victims of Friday’s gas cylinder explosion at the central bank’s Calabar office.
The explosion had killed four people and left several others injured. Those injured in the explosion are receiving treatment at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital and the Navy Hospital in Calabar. Read more
Ekiti private schools shut to resist Fayose’s policy
Private schools in Ekiti State on Monday began a three-day strike to protest against the imposition of N1,000 development levy per term on their pupils by Governor Ayodele Fayose.
The State Government had announced N1, 000 per term as education development levy for public secondary school pupils while those in primary schools were to pay N500. Government, however, in a circular from the Ministry of Education, extended the development levy to private schools. Read more
Abducted Edo Magistrate, doctors regain freedom
A Chief Magistrate in Edo State, identified as Hassana Garuba, who was abducted along the Benin-Auchi road on Tuesday last week, has regained her freedom. It was learnt that the magistrate was freed along with three others on Saturday. The two of the other victims were said to be medical doctors.
The medical doctors were said to be in a commercial bus when they were randomly picked out by the kidnappers. The magistrate and others were abducted in the area after the kidnappers shot her police orderly. Read more
Arms scam: Court orders immediate release of Dasuki’s ex-aide
A Federal Capital Territory High Court in Jabi, Abuja on Monday, ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Nigerian Army, to immediately release Col. Nicholas Ashinze, a former aide to the immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).
Justice Yusuf Halilu gave the order in his judgment in a suit filed by Ashinze for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights to personal liberty. Read more
INEC shifts FCT Area Council polls
The Independent National Electoral Commission has postponed the Area Councils Elections in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, earlier scheduled for Saturday, March 19 to April 9 this year.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in charge of the FCT, Prof. Jacob Jatau, announced this today during an emergency meeting of stakeholders on the election. Read more
Ese: Pensive Yunusa Sent Back to Prison Custody
Justice H.A Ngajiwa of the Federal High Court, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on Monday ruled that Mr Yunusa Dahiru, the alleged abductor of 14-year-old Ese Oruru, should be returned to a Bayelsa remand facility pending the determination of his bail application.
The judge’s order followed the inability of both the five-man defence team of the suspect, led by Mr Kayode Olaosebikan, and the three-man team of police prosecutors headed by Kenneth Dika to present ‘cited authorities’ in their arguments during the court session. Read more
EFCC serves Badeh with fresh proof, trial starts Wednesday
A Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday rescheduled the trial of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, to commence on Wednesday.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission called its first witness on Monday but the matter could not proceed on the account of a fresh proof of evidence newly served on Badeh and the second accused, Iyalikam Nigeria Limited. Read more
FG shocked at Agatu Massacre, vows to deal with attackers
The Federal Government Monday in Abuja expressed said it received with shock the sad news of incessant attacks on innocent Nigerians in Agatu and other Communities in Benue State. Interior minister, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd) disclosed this in a statement issued to journalists.
Ericsson, China Mobile extends 5G cooperation
At the just concluded Mobile World Congress held in Germany, Ericsson Ericsson joined China Mobile’s 5G Joint Innovation Center program to accelerate development of next-generation wireless networks The partnership, according to technology giants is expected to be faster, more powerful and offer even greater opportunities. Read more
Ibru left great legacies behind – Anyaoku
Chief Emeka Anyaoku (CFR, CON, GCVO) has described the death of the First democratically elected Governor of Delta State, Felix Ibru, as a passing of an outstanding player in the democratic evolution of Nigeria, and of Delta State in particular.
According to Chief Anyaoku, as a Senator of the Federal Republic, Ibru demonstrated notable perspicacity and unalloyed patriotism in the debates of the National Assembly. Read more
Man, 27, Docked Over N60,000 Property Theft
A 27-year-old man, Samsudeen Muyideen, was on Monday arraigned in a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos over alleged theft of property valued at N60,000.
Muyideen, of no fixed address, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.The Prosecutor, Insp Gabriel Ekundayo, told the court that the accused and five others, now at large, committed the offences at No.3 Abolade St., Aguda, Surulere, Lagos, at about 3.20a.m.on March 2. Read more
Niger run-off: Court refuses to free jailed presidential candidate
A Niger appeals court on Monday rejected a demand to release jailed presidential candidate Hama Amadou before a run-off vote on March 20, saying it would only rule on the case a week later. Amadou, 66, has been in jail since November on shadowy baby-trafficking charges and has campaigned from behind bars.
He nevertheless picked up nearly 18 per cent of the vote in the first round of the presidential election on February 21, coming second to incumbent Mahamadou Issoufou who took 48 per cent but failed to clinch an outright majority and avoid a second round. Read more
Knife attack on Indian student an ‘honour killing’, say activists
A daylight attack on a newly married couple near a bus stop in the southern India, in which the husband was killed, was an “honour killing” carried out because the groom was from a lower caste, said activists, demanding swift police action.
On Sunday, 22-year-old engineering student V. Shankar and his wife Kousalya were attacked by three men armed with sickles as the couple waited to board a bus in the textile town of Tirupur in the state of Tamil Nadu, police said. Read more
ISIS returns to Iraq remote town, 24 hours after pullout
The Islamic State group on Monday returned to the desert town of Rutba in western Iraq, less than a day after vacating it, officials said. The mayor of the remote town in Anbar province had warned when ISIS pulled out that the jihadist organisation may just be testing the population’s allegiance.
“Daesh (ISIS) has re-established its control on the city of Rutba… which it had left the previous day,” said a senior officer in the Jazeera Operations Command in charge of the area. Read more
Russia opposes new penalties on Iran over ballistic missile tests
Russia opposes imposing sanctions on Iran over recent ballistic missile tests that Moscow’s ambassador to the United Nations said Monday were not in violation of a UN resolution.
Asked whether the Security Council should impose penalties on Iran, Vitaly Churkin said: “The clear and short answer is no.” The council met Monday at the request of the United States to discuss the missile tests that US Ambassador Samantha Power has said were “provocative and destabilizing.” Read more
Two million people braced for more extreme weather in southern states that left six dead
Six people have died in southern states as a result of widespread flooding and extreme weather which has submerged homes, prompted large evacuations and caused chaos for authorities and rescue workers.
Now around two million people are bracing for more bad weather this week. Read more